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Trend on trial: the low ponytail

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A good ponytail is a many splendoured thing. Seriously.

On the surface it may seem a bit staid and schoolmarmish, but for women who were children of the Eighties, it has hidden depths. For one, it’s a subliminal reminder of the utter joy of spending hours with a green My Little Pony plastic horse-doll and its accompanying miniature brush.

ABOVE: Stylist's Beauty Director Joanna McGarry trialling the low ponytail

It’s also enmeshed in memories of first school uniforms, netball courts and ‘furry bobbles’. Back then, it was decreed that the best ponytails were the thickest and most luscious. I still haven’t forgotten the girl at primary school who whipped her rope-like ponytail across the snakes and ladders board to throw the game. It’s because of this, I feel, that I’ve always suffered from ponytail insecurity.

My ponytail has no whipping power. Instead of stridently forming the centre-piece of my back, it splays off into what can only be described as seven thin rat-tails. Still, the spring/summer shows did a good job of proving that’s OK too. In fact, it was a season of ponytail restraint; at Balmain, fine ponytails sat firmly just above the nape, without any the obligatory big hair that usually dominates. At Derek Lam, ponytails were demure with a neat side-parting and brushed through ends with the merest hint of a curl, while at Blumarine, the low pony was sexed up with a volumised crown and wispy flyaways, set off with gigantic flower-shaped earrings.

Of course, it’s child’s play to get right – simply brush into place and secure with a bungee band (to avoid snagging). The low ponytail is both youthful, grown-up and more of us should give it a chance. Just use it wisely.

Essential kit for the perfect ponytail

ABOVE: Medium Barrel Brush, £13.85, Moroccanoil

ABOVE: Spray de Mode Hairspray, £21, Bumble and Bumble

ABOVE: Bungee Bands, £3.50 for five, Leo Bancroft

ABOVE: No-Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, £12, Percy&Reed

ABOVE: Mirror Polish, £8.95, Wella Professionals

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